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OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

OPINION: Uber Continues Being Immature

Arthur Wang, Reporter
May 26, 2017
Filed under World News

After their self-imposed exile a little over a year ago, Uber and Lyft are preparing to make their return to Austin with the approval of bill HB100. Yet, in spite of the passage of time in between the earlier legislative drama and the present bill, I can only wonder if anything has changed for any of the gro...

Protesters Rise Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Protesters Rise Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda

Nicole Dhar
May 5, 2017
Filed under World News

On April 29, the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, around 300,000 protesters resisted together across the United States. During his first 100 days in office Trump has reversed dozens of environmental regulations put in place by Barack Obama and other presidents before him. In the last eig...

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

OPINION: International Women’s Day Shows That Progress Must Be Made

Lizzie Deal and Mae Bruce
March 9, 2017
Filed under News, Voices, World News

Sixty-two million girls around the world are denied education. 30% of women in relationships report that they have been abused, both physically and sexually. Worldwide, only 22% of all national legislators are female. These statistics should not be true in 2017. We’ve become open to LGBTQA+ rights and justice for minorities, with protests and support for all. But...

OUTsider Festival Coming to Austin

OUTsider Festival Coming to Austin

Simone Heim, News Editor
February 13, 2017
Filed under News, World News

To celebrate LGBTQ+ creativity, Austin will be holding the second annual OUTsider festival Feb. 15-19. The festival is built upon the idea that the queer community is in need of more opportunities to show their true colors and showcase their many talents. “We challenge traditional festival models ...

OPINION: Returning Extinct Species is Not an “Undo” Button

OPINION: Returning Extinct Species is Not an “Undo” Button

Arthur Wang, Reporter
January 31, 2017
Filed under Showcase, World News

Jurassic Park was all about bringing the dinos back to life -- and exploring the havoc such creatures would inevitably wreak. However, Europe’s ecologists are already preparing to do a resurrection of their own: Ronald Goderie’s TaurOs Programme intends to return the auroch, a long-extinct bovine, to the ...

Women’s March on Austin

Women’s March on Austin

Presley Glotfelty
January 24, 2017
Filed under News, Politiculture, Showcase, World News

President Donald Trump’s inauguration sparked a retaliation around the world. Thousands of people gathered around the capitol on Jan. 21 for the Women’s March on Austin in retaliation of Trump’s intended principles for the country. The 2016 election brought U.S. morals into question and built b...

Coming to the End of 2016

Coming to the End of 2016

Trevor Wyatt, Reporter
December 26, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, World News

This year has been a disaster that we all were unfortunate enough to see unfold. With the year and semester coming to a close we are giving an opportunity to reflect. Westwood hired a new principal, and began reconstruction of older portions of the school.  One of the biggest events this year being ...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Trevor Wyatt, Reporter
December 7, 2016
Filed under News, World News

Pearl Harbor is one of the most mourned events in United States history. It was the day the U.S. was forced into WWll by the Japanese military attacking on U.S. soil. The attack was not unprecedented the U.S. had called for an embargo which blocked the Japanese from receiving certain resources. The U.S. up ...

Students Volunteer with Miracle League

Students Volunteer with Miracle League

Nicolle Duvall, Reporter
October 31, 2016
Filed under News, World News

Student volunteers, many from Westwood, walked the field on Saturday, Oct. 22 to assist the Dodgers and Red Sox in the new fall season for Austin’s Miracle League. The non-profit organization allows children with special needs to come out and play baseball. Despite whatever physical or mental dis...

OPINION: UNT Awards Outrageous Scholarship

OPINION: UNT Awards Outrageous Scholarship

Arthur Wang, Reporter
October 17, 2016
Filed under News, World News

Today, words fail me. However, they will have to suffice. Jordan Phipps, an 8 year-old girl, recently received a $10,000 scholarship from the University of North Texas (UNT). The deed which merited such a generous reward? A simple speech about wanting to attend that university. I’m certain many par...

OPINION: France Bans Plastic

OPINION: France Bans Plastic

Arthur Wang, Reporter
September 30, 2016
Filed under News, World News

Climate change has been an issue for as long as we can remember. Plastics in particular have been especially dangerous, not only in their manufacturing but in their disposal; discarded plastics are infamous for how dangerous they can be towards wildlife. Thankfully, France is starting to take much strong...

OPINION: Are Flu Shots Really Worth it?

OPINION: Are Flu Shots Really Worth it?

Haley Haverda, Reporter
September 30, 2016
Filed under News, World News

It’s that time again, Flu season, and you have probably already been told to get your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) readily support the vaccine, saying that the more people who get the vaccine in the community the less people will get sick. I ask though, how can that be tr...